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Fry, Roger Eliot, 1866 - 1934 (painter and art critic)


Dates and places

1866-1934 KCC 1885

Legal status / Nationality


Sphere of activity

Painter, Art Critic Curator, New York Metropolitan Museum, 1909-1910 Slade Professor of Art 1933


Married Helen Coombe, 1897; two children, Pamela and Julian.

Other information

From 1926 lived with Helen Anrep.

Found in 26 Collections and/or Records:

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Assorted comic entertainments and verses concerning members of the 'Bloomsbury Group' and Keynes family, 1925 - 1928

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/15
Scope and Contents

This file includes 'Don't be frightened: a burlesque' [possibly in the hand of Molly MacCarthy], featuring characters called Vanessa, Roger, Bell and Grant.

Dates: 1925 - 1928

Bloomsbury and its circle, 1920 - 1991

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/5/1
Scope and Contents

Snapshots and professional studio portraits of Barbara Bagenal, Angelica Bell, Clive Bell, Francis Birrell, Gerald Brenan, Dora Carrington, Roger Fry, Edward Gathorne-Hardy, Henry Lamb, Janetta Parladé, G.H.W. ('Dadie') Rylands, Roger Senhouse, Julia Strachey, Lytton Strachey and Stephen Tomlin. The photographers include Lettice Ramsay and Kyrle Leng.

Dates: 1920 - 1991

'Bloomsbury burlesque'

Reference Code: GBR/0272/LLK/2/7
Scope and Contents

A photocopied typescript (incomplete) of a play featuring characters called Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant.


Correspondence between E.M. Forster and Roger Fry, 1922 - 1925

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/18/199
Scope and Contents

2 autograph postcards, signed, (1 signed also by Saxon Sydney Turner) to E.M. Forster. 1923 and undated.
2 autograph letters, signed, and 1 envelope from E.M. Forster. 1922 and 1925.
To request this envelope, please use the following call mark: 18/Fry, R.

Dates: 1922 - 1925

Correspondence from Roger Fry to J.M. Keynes, 1914 - 1929

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/45/113
Scope and Contents

4 autograph letters, signed, and 1 autograph postcard, signed. The most recent piece of correspondence was dated 1919 by Roger Fry, but refers to Julian Bell as a student at King's College, so is probably 1929.

Dates: 1914 - 1929
 File — Box: PRESS 3/1/2/4351-4412

Fry, Roger: Correspondence with the Press, 1934 - 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/PRESS 3/1/2/4369
Scope and Contents

Includes reports by Anrep, H. and Clark, Kenneth M.

Dates: 1934 - 1939
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Scholarly access to this material may be restricted if it contains information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Please apply in advance to the Cambridge University Press Archivist.

Fry: The Papers of Roger Eliot Fry

Reference Code: GBR/0272/REF
Scope and Contents

The collection includes lectures, correspondence, sketchbooks etc. accumulated by Fry during his lifetime. It also contains secondary material comprising correspondence, photocopies, notes and news cuttings assembled since Fry's death by his sister Margery, daughter Pamela Diamand, biographer Virginia Woolf, bibliographer Donald Laing and editor Denys Sutton.

Dates: 1873 - 1969

'Good and All That. An essay on a provisional theory of ethics', 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JHB/1/4/3
Scope and Contents

Carbon typescript, including typescript version of part of Chapter I with Julian Bell's annotations; autograph manuscript notes; a typescript report by Prof. R.E. Fry and Prof. C.D. Broad with a manuscript note by John Maynard Keynes, 14 Apr. 1934; 1 typed letter, signed, from Sir Edward ('Eddie') Playfair to Julian Bell with typescript comments on the dissertation, 16 Nov. 1934; and manuscript comments on the dissertation in an unidentified hand.

Dates: 1934

Journals, 1884 - 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CRA/1
Scope and Contents

This series comprises diary entries by Charles Ashbee and his wife Janet, letters to both, photographs, picture postcards, cartoons, poems, newspaper cuttings and other printed ephemera.

Dates: 1884 - 1941


Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/27/939
Scope and Contents

Photograph of a landscape with trees, fields, a lake and clouds, by Roger Fry. Print, 24.1 x 16.2. Inscribed on back, by E.M. Forster, 'Towards Hindhead, Surrey / by Roger Fry'. (Sleeve 412)


Landscape with roof tops

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/27/938
Scope and Contents

Photograph of a landscape with roof tops in the foreground, a hill to the left and mountains in the distance to the right, by Roger Fry. Print, 24.3 x 16.2. Inscribed on back, by E.M. Forster, 'near Brusa / by Roger Fry'. (Sleeve 411)


Letter from Roger Fry to Julian Bell, 1933-12-30

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JHB/2/19
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter, signed.

Dates: 1933-12-30

Letters from Roger Eliot Fry to Clive, Julian and Vanessa Bell, 1910 - 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/1/216
Scope and Contents

2 autograph letters signed to Clive Bell.
3 autograph letters signed to Julian Bell.
Photocopies of 20 autograph letters signed, 1 autograph manuscript poem and 1 autograph postcard signed to Clive Bell.
Photocopies of 456 autograph letters signed and 33 autograph postcards signed to Vanessa Bell.

Dates: 1910 - 1934

Letters from Roger Eliot Fry to the Bulmer family., 1893 - 1931

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EFB/3/74
Scope and Contents

The file comprises:-
13 autograph letters signed to E.F. Bulmer. [? Apr. 1893] - 29 June 1926.
1 autograph letter signed from E.F. Bulmer to R.E. Fry. 26 July 1893.
1 autograph letter signed to Sophie Friederike Bulmer. 18 Apr. 1923.
1 autograph letter signed to Robert Harold Bulmer. 11 Dec. 1931.

Dates: 1893 - 1931

Letters from Roger Fry, 1920 - 1923

Reference Code: GBR/0272/WJHS/1/31
Scope and Contents

5 autograph letters, signed.

Dates: 1920 - 1923

Letters from Roger Fry to JTS, 1930 - 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JTS/2/76
Scope and Contents

6 autograph letters signed.

Dates: 1930 - 1934

Letters from Roger Fry to Lydia Lopokova Keynes, 1918-12-19 - 1921-01-02

Reference Code: GBR/0272/LLK/5/77
Scope and Contents

2 autograph letters, signed.

Dates: 1918-12-19 - 1921-01-02

Letters from Roger Fry to Nathaniel Wedd, 1889-08-02 - 1925-02-10

Reference Code: GBR/0272/NW/2/27
Scope and Contents

14 autograph letters, signed to NW. 2 Aug. 1889 - 10 Feb. 1925. Mention the Ark [of the Cambridge Apostles] and the Widdrington women.
1 autograph letter signed with an introduction of Nathaniel Wedd to Col. Elliot enclosed with letter of 2 Sept. 1920.

Dates: 1889-08-02 - 1925-02-10

Letters from various authors to Hugh Owen Meredith, 1903-10-03 - 1987

Reference Code: GBR/0272/HM/1/2
Scope and Contents Original letters to Hugh Meredith: -3 ALS from Lytton Strachey, 3 Oct 1903, 26 Mar [1905] and 5 May 1909, with 2 envelopes; -2 ALS from Lascelles Abercrombie, 30 May [c. 1907-9] and 9 June 1907; -1 ALS from A[rthur] C[hristopher] Benson, 16 Dec 1910; -1 ALS from Rupert Brooke, 5 Jan 1911, with envelope; -1 ALS from Bertrand Russell, 13 Apr 1911, with envelope; -1 TLS from [EM Forster], with envelope postmarked 21 June 1911; -1 ALS from G[odfrey] H[arold] Hardy, with envelope postmarked 2 Jan...
Dates: 1903-10-03 - 1987

Letters to Rupert Brooke from a variety of correspondents, 1909 - 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0272/RCB/L/1
Scope and Contents A composite album with the sheets arranged as follows:[ff. 1-3] 1 autograph postcard, signed, from Lascelles Abercrombie with congratulations on Fellowship, 31 Mar. 1913 and 2 autograph letters, signed, on Mme. Strindberg and her projected production of 'Lysistrata', 30 Sept. and 5 Oct.[ff. 4-5] Letters from Harley Granville Barker, including: 1 letter written by his secretary and signed by him declining an invitation to lunch, 8 Nov. 1909 and 1 typed letter, signed by his secretary...
Dates: 1909 - 1914

'L'histoire de Josette', 1924

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/3/2
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of 1 autograph letter signed to Josette Coatmellec, 1 Apr. 1924, and ‘L’histoire de Josette’, a memoir of their relationship.

Dates: 1924

Playreading Society Minute Book, 1907 - 1915

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/5/1
Scope and Contents Minutes, written up by Clive Bell, of the meetings of a play-reading society [?at 40 Gordon Square], with cast lists and comments on the performances by Clive Bell. The players were variously Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell, Walter Lamb, Adrian Stephen, Lytton Strachey and Saxon Sydney-Turner, 1907-9; Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell, Roger and Margery Fry, Duncan Grant, Molly MacCarthy and Saxon Sydney-Turner, 1914-15. For the later period, fewer performance details are recorded. The book was used...
Dates: 1907 - 1915

Roger Fry holding palette and brush, 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/27/439
Scope and Contents

Roger Fry, holding a palette and brush, poised before an easel and canvas, 1/2 length with profile to the left. Print, 18.7 x 13.4. Inscribed on back, by E.M. Forster, with name. (Sleeve 164)

Dates: 1930

'Roman Bath'

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/27/937
Scope and Contents

Photograph of 'Roman Bath' by Roger Fry. Print, 18.5 x 14.8. Inscribed on back, in unidentified hand, with title and artist, to which E.M. Forster has added 'Paris'. (Sleeve 410)


Speculations on behalf of Roger Fry, Duncan Grant and the Bells, 1914 - 1920

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/SE/12
Scope and Contents

Ledger of stock exchange speculations made by J.M. Keynes with a loan from R.E. Fry, with details of transactions made on behalf of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and a letter from Clive Bell asking for financial advice, June 1918; with related correspondence, 1914-20.

Dates: 1914 - 1920
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